Earthdance is an artist-run workshop, residency, and retreat center located in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts.  We provide a dynamic mix of dance, somatic, and interdisciplinary arts training, with a focus on sustainable living, social justice, and community.  Earthdance has been spearheading innovative arts programming and maintaining a beautiful facility for rental groups in the Pioneer Valley for three decades.

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At Earthdance, we are in the midst of one of our biggest challenges to date. We are at a crossroad and must change our organizational structure to one that is more sustainable. Please help today by participating in securing Earthdance’s future. Find out more here.

We have received a matching donation of $20,000, so every contribution you make between now and December 15th has double the value! 

We are hosting a 2nd Phone-a-thon Fundraiser this Wednesday, December 12th 5:30 - 8pm! All donations made this night will go towards meeting the match. We need $6,000 to make it!

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THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed thus far! Check out our Istagram (EDCreativeLiving) and Facebook pages for special daily photo montages celebrating Earthdance's past 32 years. YOU make this special place what it is.

Registrations now open!

We're so excited to welcome talented teachers and facilitators for new programming including Queer CI Lab and Jam with Taja Will and Ryuta Iwashita and FISSURE with mayfield brooks, Ray Chung, and Karen Nelson.

Save $25 on select programming when you register by January 1!

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A new workshop series

Social Justice Sundays (SJS): Tools for Healthy Community Engagement is a new workshop series focused on various topics such as inclusion, accessibility, anti-oppression, understanding implicit bias, microaggressions in the workplace, cultivating empathy, and more. At each workshop, co-led by a trained Social Justice Facilitator and a Somatics Practitioner, participants will engage in open dialogue, critical thinking, and creative, interactive, & movement-based tools for building authentic, equitable relationships.

Post-session we will offer a delicious shared dinner and open dance/jam space where you can further integrate the material.

Workshop dates: Jan. 27, Mar. 24, Apr. 28, May 26, Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 17

Join us for our first SJS of the new year on January 27th!

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with Susan Schell and Carolyn (Shakti) Sadeh

January 18-21, 2019
(Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend)

Authentic Movement is simple in form and clear in structure. We traverse the realms of the personal, the collective, the universal, the senses, the imagination, and subtler energetic phenomena.

Register by January 1st and get $25 off

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Application due this week!

E|MERGE is a two-week (April 9-20, 2019) annual creative residency that provides a fertile space for the interchange of ideas, artistic innovation, and discovery of new models of creation that extend far beyond the residency itself.

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Application now open!

A weeklong workshop with mayfield brooks, Ray Chung, and Karen Nelson

Stepping beyond knowing, how do we proceed? Opening to the unexpected, ready for change. Breakages occur; how do we meet them? 

 

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Facilitated by Timo Wagner and Lindsay Forsythe

Join us for our biggest Contact Improvisation Jam of the year! As winter swirls outside, we co-create five days of magic, warmth, and dancing celebration together. Workshops, performances, bonfires, and non-stop jamming ring in the New Year. 

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Upcoming Workshops & Trainings

January 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to January 21, 2019 - 3:00pm
(MLK Jr. Weekend)“First there was nothing. Then there was everything. We can travel everywhere just by holding still.” -- Richard Powers  Authentic Movement is simple in form and clear in structure. There are movers, there are witnesses. The movers are invited to move with eyes...
May 16, 2019 - 5:00pm to May 19, 2019 - 3:00pm
Celebrate, disrupt, and re-imagine Contact Improvisation. The Queer CI Lab and Jam aims to bring queer experience, thought, and politics into the practice of CI through movement, dialogue, workshops, & jamming.For anyone who self-identifies as Queer, Trans, Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Asexual,...
May 19, 2019 - 5:00pm to May 26, 2019 - 3:00pm
with mayfield brooks, Ray Chung, and Karen Nelson  Stepping beyond knowing, how do we proceed? Opening to the unexpected, ready for change. Breakages occur; how do we meet them? Offering grounding, embodied practices, 3 classes daily, POC only and + Allies spaces, questions into...

Upcoming Contact Improvisation Jams

December 27, 2018 - 5:00pm to January 1, 2019 - 3:00pm
Join us for our biggest Contact Improvisation Jam of the year! As winter swirls outside, we co-create five days of magic, warmth, and dancing celebration together. Workshops, performances, bonfires, and non-stop jamming ring in the New Year. 
January 6, 2019 -
4:00pm to 6:30pm
Our first Sunday CI Workshop of the New Year!  Learn & practice the form of Contact Improvisation (CI) from amazing teachers. Four times a year, experienced CI teachers rotate in to lead a workshop to those both new to and experienced in the form. All dance levels & styles welcome. ...
January 27, 2019 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Join us for an open Jam following our Social Justice Sundays workshop! $10 - $20 sliding scale(Jam free with workshop) (Photo credit: Anna M. Maynard)